Ski-Doo Snowmobile Challenge Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Ski-Doo Snowmobile Challenge box art
System: X360, PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Coldwood Interactive AB 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Valcon Games LLC 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 24, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Some will also find the stunt-only courses a little annoying; little more than a distraction from the core racing experience. They're a frustrating distraction, at that, because it's hard to keep track of, not to mention accurately select with the joystick, eight different tricks that take different amounts of time to pull off. You'll be wiping out a lot until you get the feel for it.

Ski-Doo Snowmobile Challenge screenshot

Perhaps our biggest complaint about career mode is that there's no way to adjust the difficulty. It would be nice to get the hang of the game on an easier setting, and then ramp it up, rather than being dumped into a difficulty that will be too much for some and too little for hardcore racing fanatics. Even though the game lets you retry races immediately as many times as you'd like, if you leave a race or stunt course too many times before beating it, you can actually fail it.

In terms of presentation, the game is usually acceptable, but it's never dazzling. The graphics aren't very detailed, and hiccups in the framerate, while occasional, can get distracting. The sound effects work well, but the music is a repetitive blend of pop-punk tunes, some of which are too whiny to fit the adrenalized mood of the game, and all of which get old quickly. The loading times are far longer than they should be, especially when all that's loading is an image of a snowmobile you just unlocked.

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Still, all in all, the fun racing action and the budget price tag incline us to recommend this game. It's a lot of fun and takes a good day of gameplay to conquer, making for a nice value-to-cost ratio.

By Robert VerBruggen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
The visuals are fine, and they're usually moving pretty quickly, but there's not much detail and nothing really stands out.
3.8
Control
You have good control of your snowmobile, right down to leaning forward and back, though it can be frustrating trying to pull off the right trick.
2.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects work, but the music is repetitive and doesn't always fit.
3.8
Play Value
It's fairly short for a racing game and has its share of flaws, but it's half the price of the major racers, and those who've had their fill of those games will have a good time.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Compete in Snow-Cross, Cross-Country, Hill-Cross, and Stunt Challenge races.
  • Challenge other players with local multiplayer, 12-player online races, and stunt competitions.
  • Race through 25 dangerous tracks on 20 officially licensed Ski-Doo sleds. Earn sled upgrades, custom paint jobs, decals, rider outfits, and more!
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080i (Standard HDTV).


  • Screenshots / Images
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